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1084 Eco Tips

Steven, a student from Costa Rica, talks with Rachel about how he tries to help the environment.

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I have to confess

Actually, I have to confess. I don't save water.

When we confess, we talk about something negative we do or did. Notice the samples.

  1. I have to confess; I eat a lot of junk food and I never exercise.
  2. I have to confess; I hate studying English!

leave running

I usually leave the tap running.

We turn things on and off. When we forget to turn something off, we ‘leave it running’. Notice the following.

  1. She leaves her computer running 24 hours a day.
  2. He left his car running while he ran into the 7-11. When he returned, his car was gone.

leave on

I leave mine on all the time.

To leave something on and leave something running are very similar in meaning. However, things we leave on do not have moving parts. Notice the difference

  1. Our young son always leaves a light on when he sleeps.
  2. The theater was cold so I left my jacket on during the movie.

the whole family

I will take the whole family.

The 'whole family' means every member of the family. Notice the following.

  1. Let’s buy a DVD the whole family can enjoy.
  2. My sister came home from school with a cold. Soon, the whole family was sick.

You've inspired me!

You have inspired me to be more environmentally friendly.

When we inspire someone, we make them feel like they want to do something. Note the samples.

  1. My mother immigrated to Australia two years ago and her English is great! She inspires me.
  2. Al Gore inspired me to be more concerned with the environment.